The Advanced Biofuels Coalition (LSB) represents the leading advanced biofuels producers and technology providers committed to making a strong contribution to meet the EU’s climate and clean mobility ambitions. We express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine and support the European Commission’s diplomatic efforts to end the war as soon as possible.
Alongside the ambitious GHG saving targets proposed under the ‘Fit for 55’ legislative package, the recently released ‘REPowerEU’ Communication highlights the need to drastically reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian energy imports. While we support the overall ambition of the Commission, we regret that the role of advanced biofuels was not mentioned in the Communication. Advanced biofuels can play an important role in boosting Europe’s independence of fossil sources in the transport sector.
A rapid reduction of GHG emissions in the transport sector will only be possible through a combination of various emission-reduction pathways, enabling different technologies to complement each other and keep the abatement costs as low as possible. Advanced biofuels, produced from feedstock listed under Annex IX part A of the Renewable Energy Directive (2018/2001/EU), comply with sustainability criteria which are the strictest in the world (with GHG savings up to 95%). We have the feedstock, the knowledge, and the capital to increase production levels in Europe.
In this context, we would like to reiterate our call for a supportive and stable policy framework to unleash the full potential of advanced biofuels, which would support the EU in its ambitions to decarbonize the transport sector and strengthen the EU’s energy independence.
The Advanced Biofuels Coalition calls upon the Commission and the co-legislators to provide a supportive policy framework, regulatory certainty, and a decisive signal for future investments. Critical legislative files, such as the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the ReFuelEU Aviation, and the FuelEU Maritime need to strengthen incentives to accelerate the contribution of advanced biofuels. In parallel, a technology neutral methodology needs to be enforced through the revised Regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to avoid distorting the competition between power train technologies.
The current geopolitical upheaval must prompt an adjustment in EU energy policy to further support a mix of domestically sourced renewable energies at affordable prices, including advanced biofuels.
About the Advanced Biofuels Coalition (LSB):
LSB is a coalition of twelve leading advanced biofuels producers and technology providers committed to making a strong contribution to meet the EU ambitions of reducing transport emissions. LSB is working closely with the EU institutions and the Member States to promote the use of advanced biofuels in the European Union.